Senior New Ways volunteers photo


Our Staff and Our Boards

Our staff is our Executive Director, John W. Lehman, volunteer visitors, interns from San Jose State University and a Board of Directors.

Board of Directors
Chair, Terry Morrison, Admissions Director, The Terraces at Los Altos

Gene Lennon, owner, Right-At-Home homecare franchise

Robert Stetson, Business Owner

Larry Kavinoky, CPA

Susan Harlan, Senior Care Specialist and Resources coordinator for El Camino Hospital

James Stratton, Systems Analyst, Xerox

Lisa South, Client Specialist, Community Services Agency

Executive Director John LehmanJohn Lehman

John is the founding Board Chair of Senior New Ways.

• John created Memory Tune-ing Therapy, beginning in 2008, for both groups and individuals, and delivers it to six day care and residential care centers. An amateur musicologist, he has collected music since 1959 and has one of the largest private collections in the world, covering every single from 1925-1990s.

• Established care center volunteer visiting service for twelve centers.

• Created and lead caregiver resource groups and whole health “chat” groups now in place since 2004.

• Developed 50+ interactive presentations for groups on laughter therapy, music memories, creating legacies, etc for groups in the Bay Area.

• Developed “Laughs and Brains” video for homecare / healthcare groups and individuals.

A Vietnam era veteran, prior to 2005 John spent 36 years in high-tech software, including founding Verity Inc., Sageware Inc., and HighClassify Inc., specializing in text search and classification.

He has been a part time-fulltime caregiver since 2007. His volunteer history includes:
Amor Industries (Mexico housebuilding)
Silicon Valley Rebuilding Together
Habitat for Humanity
The Methodist Church
Boy Scouts of America

John has a BS in business from the University of Minnesota and has extensive coursework in graduate Management Information Systems. John has over 45 years of teaching experience mainly at the 3-13 ages and adult level. He is a sought after public speaker and humorist.

Our Sustaining Boosters

The Sustaining Boosters of Senior New Ways was formed in 2008 as the Board of Trustees. Members of the Sustaining Boosters:

  • Help us publicize our programs in the community
  • Commit to a minimum yearly donation of $500
  • Provide public support of Senior New Ways by allowing us to use their names in fundraising

The Sustaining Boosters currently consists of 10 individuals and families from throughout the community.

  • Anonymous
  • Lawrence & Delores Dike